Folk horror is my favorite flavor of my favorite genre, and though it is most often associated with film and television its origins are in the short stories of the 19th and 20th centuries. Damnable Tales, a beautiful book gorgeously illustrated by editor Richard Wells, collects many of that era's most important, frightening, and uncanny stories. You are going to want this in your collection, because as Wells says in his introduction , "...fear nourishes. Fear comforts."— From Lynda’s Picks
These twenty-two stories take the reader into the isolated and untamed wilderness of unholy rights, witches' curses, sinister village traditions and ancient horrors--with beautiful illustrations They stalk the moors at night, the deep forests, cornered fields and dusky churchyards, the narrow lanes and old ways of these ancient places, drawing upon the haunted landscapes of folk-horror... This richly illustrated anthology gathers together classic short stories from masters of supernatural fiction including Shirely Jackson, M. R. James, Edith Nesbit, Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sheridan Le Fanu and Arthur Machen, alongside lesser-known voices in the field including Eleanor Scott and Margery Lawrence, and popular writers less bound to the horror genre, such as Thomas Hardy and E. F. Benson. These are damnable tales, selected and beautifully illustrated by Richard Wells.
About the Author
Richard Wells is an illustrator and graphic designer. He has provided graphic props for the likes of Poldark, Sherlock, Doctor Who, and the 2020 BBC adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Outside of his television work, he makes and sells his own darkly folkloric artwork, often lino cut and hand-printed. His recent work includes a series of prints based on the ghost stories of M.R. James. @Slippery_Jack